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Looks like 'Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive' may be coming to Linux
4 July 2018 at 3:24 pm UTC

That's... unexpected. It would be cool, though, as the Windows version through Wine has a few game breaking issues.

The Atari VCS team aren't doing themselves any favours by accusing The Register of being professional trolls
24 June 2018 at 4:13 pm UTC

Narvarth
abelthorneAll the marketing is (and will be) focusing on the nostalgia factor.
That's not really surprising that they try to push harder their own licences, but i disagree on this point. They mentionned that modern (linux) titles will run on the VCS. It's even written in the first paragraph of the pitch, mentionned in their recap ("at a glance",1st icon).
They clearly wrote in huge letters that it's "so much more" than nostalgia. Sounds pretty clear, tmo.
The thing is that the biggest part of their Indiegogo page when it comes to games is a showcase of Atari 2600 games (or remakes). The fact that it can also run other games is kind of incidental. In their FAQ, to "Will my Steam games run on it?", they basically answer "Sure, why not, as long as they can run on the hardware". To me, it's pretty much the same argument as Valve saying that SteamOS is open and you can install non-Steam games on it: while it's technically true, you need to fiddle in desktop mode and there's nothing to help integration with Steam (and, of course, you don't get Steam features for them, like achievements, multiplayer through Steamworks...). I'm pretty sure this will be the same with the Atari VCS: if you can make your Linux games work, nothing will stop you to do it but don't expect to have a proper integration.

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abelthorneA real CPU/GPU? It's an AMD APU with an integrated GPU.
I know that But it's easy to check what kind of games can run (for ex here ).
I would take this kind of videos with a pinch of salt: sure, some "big" games can run on this kind of hardware when you lower the settings but the tests are made on Windows, with games optimized (and probably some tweaks in the AMD drivers). Don't expect to get the same results with the Linux ports, which usually have far worse perfs.

QuoteIt's more powerful than a docked switch. Is the switch a bad console?
The Switch is a very good console with games that are made especially for its hardware and limitations. Atari is trying to do kind of the same thing by asking developers to make games for their console but they're not Nintendo, it's very doubtful that they can attract big publishers/developers.

If they're smart, they'll try to develop an indie marketplace (like Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo do) to get the well known games on their system but there's no sign they want to do this. Anyway, it's too soon to say, maybe that's something they'll focus on later. Let's just hope that their reputation doesn't get in the way.

The Atari VCS team aren't doing themselves any favours by accusing The Register of being professional trolls
23 June 2018 at 11:42 am UTC Likes: 2

NarvarthExactly this. OK, their communication skills are really poor, but it's a shame to see some people call this project a "scam" (just for click bait) or the "new Ouya".

Ouya was based on Android, had no real games, no real softwares, and a poor Cpu/GPU.

We're not comparing with the OUYA on the technical side, of course, but on the fact that the whole project relies on hype and because of this will likely be a flop. All the marketing is (and will be) focusing on the nostalgia factor. "Hey, remember the Atari 2600 you had as a kid? we're launching a new console that looks exactly the same, isn't that cool?"

QuoteThe Atari VCS has a real Linux, with thousands games already available, an open ecosystem, and a real CPU/GPU (at least for a 199$ machine). So, no, the comparison with the Ouya is really unfair.

A real CPU/GPU? It's an AMD APU with an integrated GPU. Don't expect to play mid/high-end games with it. But I'm sure it'll be perfect for emulating Atari 2600 games (/sarcasm off).

The Atari VCS team aren't doing themselves any favours by accusing The Register of being professional trolls
23 June 2018 at 8:03 am UTC

slaapliedjeLook at all the Bethesda games, without a doubt every time they release a new game it's pretty terrible and buggy, it isn't usually fixed until quite some time later.

"I've read on the internet that our games have a few bugs." (Todd Howard, E3 2018)

The Atari VCS team aren't doing themselves any favours by accusing The Register of being professional trolls
22 June 2018 at 9:28 am UTC Likes: 3

It's telling that they're not showing a working prototype but mainly focus on the case design before anything else. As if they were doing this only for the nostalgia and don't care about what's inside.

It will be the next OUYA: a project built on hype that ends as a big flop.

Want to play Track Mania Nations Forever on Linux using Wine? There's a snap for that
14 June 2018 at 3:12 pm UTC

slaapliedjeSnaps have already had some malware uploaded to it. Looks like there definitely needs some more auditing to be done.
That's right and people have to be extra vigilant when installing things from the snap store. But in the case of TMNF, the snap package is done by Canonical developers.

Want to play Track Mania Nations Forever on Linux using Wine? There's a snap for that
13 June 2018 at 3:50 pm UTC

buenaventuraWhat a good idea, I would love this for alot of titles. Like Hearthstone! Or other F2P games.
Saw this on OMGUbuntu: there's a flatpak repo with some games, including Overwatch and World of Warcraft. I'm not sure there are other Blizzard games but it's quite likely they'll add HearthStone and Heroes of the Storm (maybe even StarCraft 2) as they work quite well with Wine. Maybe it's even possible to install them from the Battle.net client that has to be included with Overwatch/WoW, I'm not sure how flatpaks handle downloading data.

MakiStrangely enough it complains about lacking dx9 when I try to run it. Shouldn't the snap install that?
Last time I installed TMNF with Wine, I don't remember having to install DX9. I think it should work with Wine's implementation.

Compact action-RPG 'The Swords of Ditto' is out with day-1 Linux support
24 April 2018 at 5:53 pm UTC

liamdaweIt's a bit messed up with invisible walls, can't progress.
Is that a general issue or specific to Linux?

Battle Royale game 'Darwin Project' looks like it might actually be coming to Linux
21 April 2018 at 12:20 pm UTC Likes: 2

Darwin Project just switched to free2play (source: Rock Paper Shotgun). Not sure if it's good news as this kind of move is usually the beginning of the end for games that are not economically viable. Any idea of the current status of the Linux port with this change?

Humble Indie Bundle 19 is now live!
30 March 2018 at 1:18 pm UTC

subI can think of at least another one.
Splot by Frozenbytes.
I thought about it but AFAIK, it was never released out of beta for Windows/Mac either. That's a very special case.

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